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It's no, no, no to Ulster gig for Winehouse

By Lesley-Anne Henry

Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse last night cancelled her Ulster gig - and the rest of this year's concerts.

A representative for the singer, whose husband is being held in prison accused of perverting the course of justice, said she had been advised to cancel her £1m UK tour by her doctor.

The award winning star was due to play Belfast's Odyssey on Monday, December 3.

Amy Winehouse's personal problems have been well documented and she has told friends she is finding it hard to cope since her husband Blake Fielder-Civil was held in Pentonville prison earlier this month.

Last week it was reported that Amy's mother, Janis, had advised her daughter to cancel all remaining gigs.

And Irish bookmakers Paddy Power were giving odds of 7/2 that she would cancel.

Amy was recently booed off stage during a concert at Birmingham after she appeared on stage unsteady on her feet and slurring her words.

Amy said: "I can't give it my all on stage without my Blake. I'm so sorry but I don't want to do the shows half-heartedly; I love singing. My husband is everything to me and without him its just not the same."

In a statement released last night, a representative for Amy said: "The rigours involved in touring and the intense emotional strain that Amy has been under in recent weeks have taken their toll.

"In the interests of her health and well-being, Amy has been ordered to take complete rest and deal with her health issues.

"Her family has requested that the media respect Amy's privacy at this time. There will be no further comment."

Ticket holders for any of the cancelled shows, including Belfast, were advised to return their tickets to the point of purchase for refunds.

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